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About Us

Since our establishment in 1991 we have made it our aim to provide our clients with a lasting memory of a journey made with like-minded travellers. Unlike most travel companies our range of trips is constantly evolving shaped by world events, new discoveries, festivals, historic themes and out of the ordinary human endeavours and we have searched for new and unusual destinations in the far flung corners of the world so that we will always have something different to offer the well travelled.

Noble Caledonia’s raison d'être has from our earliest days been to offer varied cruises on vessels of a certain style and size. Such small ships allow us to create itineraries and an onboard ambience that is conducive to exploring the world and learning of its wonders in the company of like-minded travellers.  It is our view that the best way to achieve this ideal is to limit the number of passengers to such a size that allows the camaraderie to grow between passengers thereby creating a warm and friendly atmosphere onboard. Small numbers onboard also allow the crew and staff to provide a more personal and caring service, something which is not feasible on larger vessels.

The company’s success has been built on providing an informative yet relaxed atmosphere onboard combined with a true spirit of adventure. Amongst the wealth of information on this site you will not find a seemingly endless series of similar itineraries, but many one-off voyages that can transport you to the most interesting and often little known places where only small ships can venture.

We aim to offer many types of trips from expedition cruising, small ship cruising, cruises under sail and river cruising. Every year we re-invent our long list of trips keeping some of the most popular but always offering something new.  In addition to our first love which is small ships, we also offer journeys by private plane, private train and escorted worldwide tours.

Each year our horizons widen and we hope whilst exploring our website you will find ample evidence of why Noble Caledonia is the world’s leading small ship cruising expert. Whether you join one of the trips close to home in the Hebrides or in far flung Papua New Guinea you will be assured of a warm welcome onboard and a team of knowledgeable expedition staff and guest speakers that will make your journey an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Fortunately, we are never short of ideas and are determined to always be able to offer something new and unique. Our team of itinerary planners are constantly researching new routes, listening to the comments made onboard and seeking ways of making every trip a totally rewarding experience. Sometimes, the success is down to selecting the best possible onboard team and guest speakers for the region and on other trips it is the detailed planning of the shore excursion programme that makes the most of the time ashore. We are indeed fortunate to have such a dedicated team with a wonderfully broad knowledge that allows us to be the most creative company in the field of small ship cruising.

We pride ourselves on offering a personalised service which ensures the smooth running of your holiday booking from the first phone call to our office until you return back home from your trip. This is one of the reasons many people travel with us regularly and recommend us to their friends and family. Last but not least, we aim to ensure value for money with all the trips we offer, whether it be a an escorted European break or a month cruising around Antarctica.

As Michael Palin observed-“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”.

Yours aye,

Andrew Cochrane, Founder & Director